High Achiever: Michelle Koh
Course: Bachelor of Design in Graphic Design
Art is her passion. And advertising is a field she has always been interested in.
But Michelle Koh, 21, did not have the courage to pursue her dream until she realised how much she disliked what she was doing.
She had applied to study architecture at the National University of Singapore (NUS) after her A levels. She had completed one and a half year of her degree course before she finally decided to follow her heart. So she took the plunge and dropped out of NUS to enrol in design school.
Her bold move has paid off.
The second-year student is relishing her time at the Raffles Design Institute where she is pursuing a three-year full time Bachelor of Design (Graphic Design) degree.
Last October, she even won third place in a logo design competition, which was held in conjunction with Canon Singapore's 30th anniversary celebration.
Why did she choose this course?
Michelle said: "I was attracted to the modules offered, and I liked what I heard about the modules when I spoke to the Raffles consultant. I chose the Graphic Design course from Raffles Design Institute because I felt confident that I would receive specific trainings in different areas of design, such as advertising design, packaging design and multimedia design. I want to go into graphic design after I graduate, and then into advertising."
While she was initially surprised at being the only local student in her class of 12, she found being in an international environment a boon. "I get along very well with my classmates and they've taught me a lot about their different cultural practices," she added. She even picked up some words and phrases in other languages from her classmates, who are from countries like Russia, Indonesia and Malaysia.
Michelle also like Raffles Design Institute's central location and the "cosy feeling" of the school's campus at Beach Road. "There are a lot of eateries in the area, and shops selling graphic design books and materials are nearby," she said. But one of the best things about studying at Raffles Design Institute, she said, is "the freedom to be very creative". "The lecturers at Raffles don't spoon-feed us or force information down our throats."